|Company slogan||"WA's Truly Regional Airline"|
|Headquarters||Osborne Park, Western Australia, Australia|
Skippers Aviation is an airline based in Osborne Park, a suburb of Perth. It is a charter company specialising in mining crew changes, executive charters and general flying for the mining industry in Western Australia, as well as search and rescue and medevac operations. It was established and started operations in 1990 and also operates a small scheduled network in Western Australia. Its main base is Perth Airport.
Skippers Aviation operates services from Perth to the following domestic scheduled destinations:
The airline also services the mining industry in Western Australia, being the largest provider of fly-in fly-out services in the state. It operates over 100 regular flights per week in support of 15 major mining companies.
Some of the mines it currently (2011) services:
- Jundee Gold Mine
- Lawlers Gold Mine
- Plutonic Gold Mine
- Sunrise Dam Gold Mine
- Norseman Mine
- Karara Mine
- Yarrie Mine
- Forrestania Mine
As of September 2013 the Skippers Aviation fleet consists of the following aircraft:
- 4 Cessna 441 Conquest II
- 4 de Havilland Canada DHC-8-100 Dash 8
- 6 de Havilland Canada/Bombardier DHC-8-300 Dash 8
- 6 Embraer EMB 120ER Brasilia
- 5 Fairchild SA227-DC Metro 23
- 2 Fokker 100
- On 26 June 2007 an Embraer Brasilia (VH-XUE) on a charter flight was executing a go-around at Jundee Airstrip in Western Australia. During the go-around the crew experienced difficulties in controlling the aircraft, with the aircraft descending to 50 feet above the ground and the bank angle reaching 40 degrees. After regaining control, the crew realised that the left engine had stopped. The cause of the engine stoppage was fuel starvation.
- On 19 March 2014 a De Havilland DHC-8 (VH-XFX) approaching Perth had a "near-miss" with an object that was moving towards the aircraft. The crew identified visually the object, which was not detected by the TCAS, and took evasive action to avoid collision. Though presumed to be a UAV, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation was unable to confirm the nature of the object. The ATSB raised concerns about risks posed by unregulated operation of UAVs.
- Skippers website - Charters accessed: 15 November 2009
- Australian civil aircraft register search using "Skippers" as the search parameter. Search conducted 2 October 2013.
- Australian Transport Safety Bureau interim report on VH-XUE incident. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
- ATSB Final Report Near collision between an unknown object and De Havilland DHC-8, VH-XFX, Perth Airport, Western Australia on 19 March 2014 (retrieved 2014-05-30)
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